Are Snooker or Darts actually Sports?

Discussion in 'The Clubhouse Bar' started by shazbooger, May 4, 2007.

  1. shazbooger

    shazbooger Guest

    Heres one for you,

    About 8 of us here in work have been debating this one for the day and were still split.

    By definition a sport is "a game, competition or activity needing physical effort and skill that is played or done according to rules, for enjoyment and/or as a job"

    Can the likes of Darts or Snooker really be considered as sports? By definition yes, but maybe its time to re-define the term? If not then surely we should include the likes of Elephant Polo, Wife Carrying, Extreme Ironging, Underwater Hockey and my personal favourite, Rock Paper Scissors.
     
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  3. wigan_rlfc

    wigan_rlfc Guest

    I think that darts is recognised by a few bodies as a sport rather than a game. Not sure about snooker but I assume its the same.
     
  4. O'Rothlain

    O'Rothlain Guest

    In America, Cheerleaders always assert that Cheerleading is a Sport...to which I always reply, no, you are there to support a sport. Does it require physicality? Definitely...they're all fit. But is it a sport? Not so much. They do have Cheerleading competitions at the highschool level (just like the movies Bring it On and Bring it On Again).
    To me Darts and Snooker (Or, Pool) is not so much a sport as it is a game. It definitely doesn't fit the Greek mold of Olympic Sport, if you ask me.
     
  5. Bullitt

    Bullitt Guest

    Yes and Yes. Otherwise motor racing wouldn't be classed as a sport either.

    Next question.
     
  6. BokMagic

    BokMagic Guest

    Snooker and darts are played by drunken men in pubs. I generally play coignage or down-downs when drunk and in the pub. Or sometimes even the fool. So does this qualify coignage, down-downs or playing the fool as a sport? Methinks not.

    But Mite has a point about motor racing- it`s also something done by drunk men, just as they are leaving the pub, so it also can`t qualify as a sport.
     
  7. Prestwick

    Prestwick Guest

    I think Logorrhea is only asking this question because he's rubbish at both :D I'm surprised he hasn't lumped in Cricket as well because, when you look at it, any idiot can throw a ball, hit a ball with a bat and catch (as well as stand around for ages), I mean, look at Phil Tuffnel!

    I'm awful at Snooker but I find it incredibly riveting a contest, it demands exceptional mental skill and stamina, especially for matches that last for up to fifty frames, it can be incredibly draining. With the amount of mental work that has to go into being a professional snooker player, I'd put Snooker on par with Chess.
     
  8. ak47

    ak47 Guest

    snooker/pool/billiards/8-ball/9-ball are great games

    the pro circut is the sport

    the pubs are the games

    without pool.........pubs would be boring sometimes

    i reckon its one of the greatest creations ever made
     
  9. Darts > Tennis!

    DER DER DER DER DER DER DER, DER DER DER DER, DER DER DER DER

    OI OI OI OI!
     
  10. gjohn85

    gjohn85 Guest



    Here, here.



    Sid Waddell > All other commentators!!
     
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  12. eoino

    eoino Guest

    There both.............. MAD
     
  13. Bullitt

    Bullitt Guest

    How can you not call something like this sport???


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  14. elephant polo is a sport, cause i say so!

    (c'mon, Scotland need to be good at something! ;) )
     
  15. BokMagic

    BokMagic Guest

    In that case, I`ll nominate jukskei as a sport too- seeing as it`s a traditional Saffa pastime, I reckon we`re world champs at it.
     
  16. melon

    melon Guest

    Tis' a sport I says!
     
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